The world is still adjusting to the digital upheaval that has preceded COVID-19 and its pandemic-induced flares and curbs in hiring activity, but the tech industry remains slightly unaffected by these developments. The world’s reliance on tech and tech-related jobs has changed many facets of a business.
Cybersecurity is still a relatively new part of IT and has changed dramatically in recent years as it has been recognised as a separate discipline within IT security.
In recent times with businesses increasingly moving online and shifting to cloud storage, the demand for cybersecurity is currently at its peak. With that milestone comes a high demand for cybersecurity experts who can safeguard digital data. A good cybersecurity professional must possess a rich and diverse skill set.
In the current employment market, the move to remote work in response to COVID-19 has increased pressure on IT professionals as well as their employers. Companies have become more exposed to assaults as a result of remote work on home computers, which typically lack the same security software as those used in the office. The growing demand for remote access to services from consumers and clients is exacerbating the situation. The job openings for cybersecurity have gone up to about 435,000 in the United States, up from approximately 314,000 in 2019. That number is greater globally, and it is predicted to rise considerably by 2025.
Here is the list of skills you need to succeed in the realm of cybersecurity:
System administration and networking
To begin a career in cybersecurity, you must have a thorough grasp of networking. Learning networking will assist you in comprehending the technical components of data transmission, allowing you to better safeguard your data. It is recommended that you pursue networking certifications such as CompTIA Security+ and Cisco CCNA.
Understanding operating systems and virtual machines is required
A cybersecurity specialist should be well-versed in operating systems including Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. You should be able to operate on any operating system as a cybersecurity specialist. Virtual machines (VMs) allow you to learn and research in a controlled environment, allowing you to improve your abilities.
Controlling network security
The term ‘network security control’ refers to the many procedures used to improve a network's security. You must understand how your network, routers, firewalls, and other devices operate. You must use a firewall as a cybersecurity professional to filter and prevent illegal traffic from entering the network.
It is needed to be familiar with intrusion detection systems, intrusion prevention systems, virtual private networks (VPNs), and remote access.
Cloud computing and cybersecurity skills are in high demand right now and will remain so during the downturn. These are the two most challenging hiring categories, as well as the top two investment areas, according to IT decision-makers.
Companies are searching for security experts who can work on public and hybrid cloud platforms like AWS and Azure. Cloud infrastructure is increasingly being used by businesses to store data and execute applications. This involves putting rules in place and implementing technology to secure cloud-based systems and devices.
People with experience and understanding of large platforms like Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Google Cloud Platform are in great demand.
Many people wonder what the future of cybersecurity will be like. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer limited to robots performing mundane chores for humans, such as mowing the lawn. Both cyber thieves and cybersecurity organisations are increasingly employing artificial intelligence techniques. AI will play a significant role in cybersecurity in the future.
Cybersecurity teams are employing Artificial Intelligence (AI) to evaluate data recorded by their defensive systems as well as network traffic in order to detect early indicators of cyber assaults and new attack trends.
Professionals with experience in cloud and cyber security are in great demand. The recession will affect every industry, but these positions are likely to be your career's safety net.